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Switchgrass waterway buffers in the eastern Great Plains


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Gu, Yingxin, and Wylie, B.K., 2018, Switchgrass waterway buffers in the eastern Great Plains: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.), a highly productive perennial grass, has been recommended as one potential source for cellulosic biofuel feedstocks. Previous studies indicate that planting perennial grasses (e.g., switchgrass) in high topographic relief cropland waterway buffers can improve local environmental conditions and sustainability. The main advantages of this land management practice include (1) reducing soil erosion and improving water quality because switchgrass requires less tillage, fertilizers, and pesticides; and (2) improving regional ecosystem services (e.g., improving water infiltration, minimizing drought and flood impacts on production, and serving as carbon sinks). In this study, we mapped high topographic relief [...]


Point of Contact :
Yingxin Gu (CTR)
Originator :
Yingxin Gu (CTR), Bruce K Wylie
Metadata Contact :
Yingxin Gu (CTR)
Publisher :
U.S. Geological Survey
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
USGS Mission Area :
Land Resources
SDC Data Owner :
Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center

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Results from this study provide useful information on EGP areas with good cellulosic switchgrass biomass production potential and synergistic substantial potential for improvement of ecosystem services. Gu Y., Wylie B.K., Howard D.M., 2015, Estimating switchgrass productivity in the Great Plains using satellite vegetation index and site environmental variables: Ecological Indicators, 48, 472-476.

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DOI doi:10.5066/F7Z60N98

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